Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel review

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel review

The Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel is a Creator-designated workstation with a flip-top touchscreen. Inside it uses relatively old technology, but is it still a good buy?

Key Specs of the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel

14-inch, matte, 60Hz, 1920 x 1080, IPS display; 2.6-5GHz Intel Core i7-10750H CPU; 16GB RAM; 512GB HDD; Nvidia Quadro T1000 graphics; 56Wh battery; 1.9KG. SKU: CC314-72P. Full specs here.

Design and handling

The Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel looks fresh with its white chassis, silver, mid-lid hinge and peach-backlit keyboard. It’s susceptible to scuffs and scratches though. We didn’t mistreat it, but it still ended up with a big scratch on the lid which wasn’t easily removed. The keyboard is very comfy and accurate to type upon for extended periods. The arrow keys are slightly reduced in width but they’re still very usable. The trackpad is smooth and accurate and is comfortable to click upon. There’s a thick(ish) bezel around the screen that’s topped by an impressive HD webcam.

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel keyboard
The keyboard has peach-coloured backlighting.

The Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel’s screen is a matte, Full HD, 14-inch touchscreen. The hinge that’s located halfway down the lid enables it to flip into a Starship Enterprise configuration which will appeal to a certain niche. It’s an interesting alternative to a straight-up tablet convertible.

Colours aren’t the most vibrant but the screen is bright, well-lit, crisp and clear when displaying a Windows Desktop. Acer states it supports 100 per cent of the sRBG colour space but professional designers may want more.

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel tablet
The ConceptD converts into a tablet without facing the keyboard on the underside – thanks to the flip-top screen.

When viewing videos, we were a little disappointed by the banding in chromatic and especially monochromatic transitions. A good Creator-designated laptop should perform better. Contrast is decent with details prevailing in dark and bright areas. The touchscreen is responsive. When it comes to fast motion, the standard 60Hz refresh rate tells us that it’s not great for gaming but the relatively slow pixel response time means there’s a fair bit of additional ghosting on top of that.

The speakers have reasonable volume and fidelity but there’s not much bass response.

Performance

The processor in the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel is a 10th Gen, 2.6-5GHz Intel Core i7-10750H. This gives us cause for concern as we shudder when we think of how loud the Acer Helios 300 was with its 10th Gen processor and loud cooling system. It’s paired with 16GB RAM and a 512GB hard drive.

In the general PCmark 10 test it scored 4973. In the CPU-oriented Cinebench rendering tests it scored 1072 in R15 and 6432 in R32. This is about average in the current market.

The GPU is a workstation-oriented Nvidia Quadro T1000. This focuses on accuracy above raw performance and so we pay little heed to the gaming-oriented benchmarks. It scored 1369 in Time Spy (an average of 8fps) and 3372 in Fire Strike Extreme (average 15fps). It also scored 0.3 in the difficult Port Royal ray-tracing test. This isn’t a gaming laptop.

If the workstation GPU is your focus, just note that it’s not totally silent. There’s a constant, noticeable whoosh from the cooling system even when it’s not under load.

Connectivity of the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel

On the left
On the left is an HDMI 2.0 port, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port and a mini DisplayPort 1.4.
On the right.
On the right are two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an SD-card port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Inside there’s Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. While it’s all a bit last-gen, it’s still very usable.

Portability

At 1.9KG it’s not heavy for a 14-inch, 19mm-thick laptop but it’s not light either. The power brick and cables add 470g. It ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office test for an impressive 9hrs 35mins – more than a day out of the office. The build quality, despite the scratch proclivity, is robust.

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel underneath
More than nine hours of battery life is impressive for a 10th Gen Intel laptop.

Should I buy the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel?

Acer says that the ConceptD is currently on sale – from $3,799 down to $2,699. While we always expect to pay more for workstation graphics, this still isn’t cheap. However, if you need the GPU and the interesting screen configuration is what’s been missing in your life, it could represent great value.

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel results
  • 2D Performance
  • 3D Performance
  • Ergonomics
  • Stability
  • Portability
  • Value
3.2

Summary

If you need the workstation GPU and the interesting screen configuration is what’s been longing for, check it out.

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